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GSOA Hopes to Drive Space Sustainability With New Code of Conduct

By Mark Holmes | November 13, 2023

      ESA illustration of space debris. Photo: ESA

      The Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA) hopes to play a key role and drive better behaviors in the area of space sustainability. GSOA released a Code of Conduct on Space Sustainability on Nov. 13 — calling on operators to implement responsible practices that mitigate the risk of in-orbit collision, minimize the threat of non-trackable debris, protect humans in space and limit effects on optical astronomy. It is a major new initiative.

      As the only CEO-driven satellite association in the world, GSOA – a global industry organization representing over 70 members, with satellite operators in all orbits, launchers, suppliers and partners – aims to take the lead in addressing global challenges, seizing opportunities, and providing a unified voice for the satellite industry. Satellite connectivity can significantly help reduce today’s digital divide, as the number of satellite broadband users is set to double to at least 500 million people by 2030, according to GSOA.

      “Satellites in all orbits deliver vital satellite connectivity and high throughput broadband services. While they offer great promises in bridging the digital divide, they must be launched, deployed, operated and disposed of in a responsible manner,” Isabelle Mauro, the director general of GSOA, said in a statement.